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The Business as (Un)usual competition invites you to imagine a future Australian city that embodies a new Australian Dream for the twenty-first century. While Australia has so far dodged the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has dramatically reshaped lifestyle, dwelling and transport preferences. These shifts (amongst others) have reignited a raft of planning issues, including regional settlement patterns, public and private open space provision, housing design, urban density, and mass transit connectivity. This refocusing is timely because the traditional suburban Australian Dream is running out of steam on many fronts and fails to acknowledge tens of thousands of years of Indigenous dreaming.

This competition asks you to weave a new dream for Australian cities and express it in a proposal for a future Australian city of 50,000 people or more located in a regional area. Your future city proposal will consist of an overall vision and the design of a 1km2 precinct.

The pandemic has been accompanied by a surge in interest in regional living. Reflecting this, you can choose any site within Australia except for the currently urbanized area of existing state, territory and federal capital cities. Your proposal can adapt or expand an existing centre or strike out into unurbanized territory.

Submission Requirements

Up to 1000 words describing your proposed future Australian city that includes:

  • The location
  • The impetus behind the city
  • The ideal population size (>50,000 new residents)
  • he alternative Australian Dream that it embodies

Four A3 panels (landscape format, 300 dpi):

  • Panel 1: An overarching conceptual image of your future Australian city
  • Panel 2: A plan of a <1km2 precinct
  • Panel 3: Supporting imagery of the public domain in your <1km2 precinct
  • Panel 4: Supporting imagery of the private domain in your <1km2 precinct
  • All proposals and images must be set in the year 2100.

Eligibility

The competition is open to students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate program at an Australian (or international) university or technical college, and recent graduates (within one year of completion at the competition’s closing date).

Awards

  • Four winners to receive 2,500 AUD and a commendation.
  • Ten honourable mentions to receive a commendation.
  • All winners and other selected entries will be featured in an upcoming book and exhibition on future Australian Cities.
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